I don’t know about you but the first half of the year has flown by for me. Time has a way of doing that, moving quickly. So, it’s important that we use our time well. Here are three tips for making the best use of your time:
1) Weigh urgency and importance. We all have things in life that need our immediate attention. We also have things that are important for us to achieve the outcomes we desire. They are not always the same thing. If something is urgent and important, it usually gets our time. However, if it’s important and not urgent it is very easy to not give it the time it needs. Take a look at how you’re using your time. Are the things taking up your time urgent? important? urgent and important? or urgent and unimportant. If too many are in the last category, you probably feel frustrated. Recalibrate and determine how to move those things off your plate and make more room for the important and not urgent.
2) Build mental breaks into your day. If you don’t build in mental breaks, you become less effective. And more prone to get distracted by Facebook, fantasy football or your text alerts. However, if you know you will be taking break to get your electronic fix, you can spend time truly focusing on what needs to be done rather telling yourself ‘I’ll only take a minute to check…’ Research shows it takes 25 minutes for us to completely refocus after an interruption. So that ‘minute’ becomes more like 30.